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Maraa Grotto

French Polynesia
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Ranked #13 of 20 Attractions in Tahiti
Type: Caverns/ Caves
Description: This grotto features a lake of black water that creates an optical illusion - the cave appears much smaller than it actually is.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I went with my wife to Tahiti (we are both from the U.S) and we happened to see signs for this place off the road. There is a place for people to park their car just off the road. We walked along the pebble path and found the grotto in about 2 minutes. Check my pics. We took some pics... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The Maraa Grotto is at Pk 28.7 on the west coastal road and usually included on many circle island tours. It is just past the village of Papara. Paul Gauguin bathed here and it has been the site of baptisms in the past. Overhanging vegetation is constantly raining down onto the pool which is a remarkable bright blue colour considering... More

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New York City, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We made a very quick stop here and it was definitely one of my favorite spots in Tahiti. Although there's not much to do here, because its literally just to take pictures and experience the water drops from the cave. It is very nice and relaxing. Locals do swim in the water while it seems like teenagers use this spot... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

worth stopping off at this little site on the main road around Tahiti Nui if you're passing by. a couple of caves with some pools and lots of flowers and lilly's etc.

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

This grotto is just off the main road and worth checking out. It is a pretty neat natural grotto with beautiful vegetation and wildlife around. I stuck my toe in the water but was too afraid to go all the way in!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

If you tour the island you have to pass this and it's right next to the main road. So you might as well stop stretch your legs, enjoy some beautiful flowers and marvel at the grotto's. There are so many trees that it really is a nice cool shady spot. The paths are all well marked and maintained. There was... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

The Mara’a caves are located just after the 28th kilometer marker on the south road of Tahiti. They are easily found and visiting them is free. The complex consists of three grottos that are nestled in the hillside and connected by trails covered by shady trees. There is a small explanatory board by the largest cave (Ana-Vai-poiri; by far the... More

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Seattle, WA
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

If you're wandering the island, preferably with Dave's VIP tours, you'll certainly stop in here (unless the government has closed it like they did the Paul Gaugin museum). The neat thing about it is the water seeping through the mountainside above and dripping into the grotto. This is THE place for the island kids during summer heat. You could see... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

There are toilets there and some caves if you wander along the paths, don't get too excited or trip up on the paths that are falling into disrepair.

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Pathways through tropical plants to a small lake in a cave, steps led into the water and looked inviting. Good loos.

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